I've been struggling to write a blog...about being Gay...the Bible etc. And I've practically given up because I've said it all before about a million times...
Those old boys who sat about in a desert scribbling away on bits of calf skin...it might have been camel skin I suppose...they have a lot to answer for, so they do.
I do think everyone is entitled to express their opinion...if they want to shout from the roof tops that Gays are queer and so on...well, that's fine. I don't have to agree with them. But please don't quote a chunk of the Bible to back up your views because then it is no longer your own personal view or opinion...it is that of a man who led a sheltered and isolated life two thousand or so years ago.
They were scribes you see...learned men of their time who lived in seclusion...much like the Irish monks living on tiny islands ...they knew nothing of the world outside their own narrow perimeters...maybe they could read and write in Greek and Latin...perhaps they had been schooled in making their own inks and pens...but they weren't men of the world. They hadn't been tempted by 'loose' women...they'd probably not come across two men who were in love with each other...but unless they were totally and completely asexual, which is highly unlikely bearing in mind there were dozens of such men...I'd be willing to bet they had sex with whatever animals were about...or with each other.
Just stop and have a bit of a think for a minute. Someone decides to write down the stories of the Apostles...his friend says he can do that...I'll write about Matthew...you write about John. And eventually the book is finished.
But it's in Aramaic...no-one speaks that any more, never mind reads it...so the completed book is sent off to be translated into Greek...then someone says it ought to be available to those people who use Latin...off it goes again to be translated once more...and each translation makes glaring errors...
Supposing one of those scribes saw a shepherd boy one day...the scribe had been living on dry bread and water and hadn't had contact with another living soul for months...and he gives way to a sudden lust and has sex with the shepherd boy. Then he feels horribly guilty. Is he going to say it's grand to have sex with another male? He is not. He's going to condemn the practice altogether...and that won't be lost in translation because you can more or less guarantee that all those worthy translators had also had sex with shepherd boys or each other...
The Ancient Romans had sex with anything that stood still for long enough...because times were different then. Throwing a few Christians to a couple of hungry lions was jolly good fun...
We are appalled and horrified...but that was then.
Those earnest men living in isolated places who wrote down what they considered to be sins and what they thought to be a right way of living were alive long, long, ago when times were different.
When someone quotes the Bible, they need to have a true understanding of how and when it was written. They need to see it from an historical point of view when rules and laws relevant then no longer apply in today's world.
These thoughts are purely my own... although I have read many learned articles and books about how the Bible was written and by whom...